Innovation Projects

The Northern Hub is funding projects aimed at spurring innovation in northern Western Australia and Northern Territory. The National Agricultural Innovation Policy Statement has established four new National Agricultural Innovation Priorities that target exports, climate resilience, biosecurity, and digital agriculture. The Agricultural Innovation Hubs Program provides funding to eight Future Drought Fund Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs to expand beyond their current remit of drought resilience to include broader agricultural innovation activities. The objective of the program is to increase uptake of innovation by producers, stimulate collaboration in the agricultural innovation system and increase commercialisation outcomes. The Hubs will focus on developing, extending, adopting, and testing new agricultural innovations to deliver productivity impacts for agriculture, fisheries, and aquaculture.

  • Innovation
  • AgriFutures – Ag Tech Uptake
Project titleproject lead and partnerssummaryprogress
Hub Business CaseKPMGDevelop a long term business case and funding proposal for the Northern Hub.
Biosecurity Assurance System (BAS)NT Dept of Industry, Tourism and TradeA system of assurance that enables businesses to continue operation even after an outbreak has occurred in the State / Territory.
Lumpy Skin Testing CapacityNT Dept of Industry, Tourism and TradeThis project will assess the feasibility of developing high-throughput antibody detection facilities in the NT.
Resilient CommunitiesCharles Darwin UniversityTo develop a strategic plan for growing community psychological resilience to drought and climate variation by creating pathways for transformative learning.
E-noseNT Dept of Industry, Tourism and TradeTo prove the concept that hand-held sensors that mimic mammalian olfactory processes can detect diseases, pests, and even abiotic stresses in plant industries. Read more here
Climate MatesUniversity of Southern QueenslandTo extend the reach of the Northern Australia Climate Program (NACP) by recruiting more staff to work on the Northern Hub region.
Land System Carrying Capacity GuideNT Dept of Industry, Tourism and TradeTo collate on-line resources detailing carrying capacity recommendations for the land types used for pastoralism in the Northern Hub region.
Drones for Remote RegionsNT FarmersTo equip farmers with the technology and data to improve water monitoring for inorganic nitrogen in river ecosystems adjoining farms.
Remote Early Detection and Biosecurity Response Reporting Tool for Livestock OwnersNorthern Territory Cattlemen’s AssociationEmpowering northern Australian livestock owners with the ability to contribute to the protection of their industry and limit the impact of emergency animal diseases through the use of a remote early detection and biosecurity response reporting tool linked to the national biosecurity system.
NAFICharles Darwin UniversityBusiness case to develop a spatial model that uses our current scientific knowledge to predict the impacts of fire events.
INTBiosecurityNT Dept of Industry, Tourism and TradeDeveloping a regionally focussed pilot program that demonstrates a business case to support capacity, knowledge and understanding of animal biosecurity in the Northern Hub region.
VR Coding and FilmingLukas Bendel & AasishDevelop a VR experience for the Food Futures in Darwin in May2023. Specifid experiences being defined now.
Project titleproject lead and partnerssummaryprogress
BlackboxNorthern Territory Cattlemen’s AssociationThis project aims to engage a variety of producers around the Northern Territory. The workshop will be open to all pastoralists in the Northern Territory. All attending producers will learn about their data, how they can be collecting it and how they can use it to help their business.
Artificial InseminationNorthern Territory Cattlemen’s AssociationThis project aims to promote the program to 60 people (20 NCTA members and 40 non-NTCA members), with 5-10 stations being likely to participate. The project will include the collection, evaluation and storage of semen straws from the number of bulls requested by the station.
Crush DataKimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s AssociationThis project aims to undertake activities on properties across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions, engaging at least 10 producers from the region to be involved in a workshop as well as receiving one on one support to improve their uptake of technology. Additionally, over 700 people will receive information and updates on the project and its activities through KPCA communications.